In the Bulgarian village Kirkovo on 22 May, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov hosted his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras at a ceremony to launch the 180-kilometre Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB) pipeline, aiming to reduce the Balkan’s gas reliance on Russia by bringing gas to the region from Azerbaijan.

Borrisov called the IGB a project of “strategic importance” not only for Bulgaria and Greece but for the whole of Europe, including the countries in the Western Balkans, noting th...

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